The Red Umbrella Fund

The Red Umbrella Fund is the first global fund guided by and for sex workers. The Red Umbrella Fund believes that change will only be achieved through strong, collaborative movements of sex workers advocating for their rights, with the support of their allies. Sex workers themselves are the best positioned to know what is needed for them, and best placed to do something about it. The Red Umbrella Fund exists to mobilise resources to help strengthen and sustain the movement in achieving human rights for sex workers.

Since its creation in 2012, the Red Umbrella Fund has made 63 grants to sex worker-led organisations and networks in 42 countries. They were selected by the sex worker-led Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) out of over 1600 applications during three rounds of applications (2012, 2013 and 2014).


The Red Umbrella Fund has opened its 2015 global call for applications!

Is your group, organisation or network led by sex workers?

Do you agree that sex work should be recognised as work?

Do you contribute to building and strengthening the sex workers’ rights movement(s)?

If so, keep reading.

The Red Umbrella Fund gives grants to sex worker-led groups and networks that are registered or unregistered. In 2015, we expect to make about 12 core funding grants to local and national sex worker-led organisations and networks.

The Red Umbrella Fund is committed to fund and support sex workers’ rights movements in any country of the world, but depends on other funders for its income. In 2015, the Red Umbrella Fund has received some funding specifically for groups in the USA. This means that approximately 4 of the grants will go to sex worker groups or networks in the USA.

Apply for a grant here.

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